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Business at a glance

Vera Bradley was named Employer of the Year at the Indiana Tech Career Planning and Development Center Internship Recognition Breakfast.

Dirig Sheet Metal won the HVAC/duct work contract for Ivy Tech Community College Auto Body Shop renovation.

Turnstone has opened the Madge Rothschild Pediatric Therapy Wing at 3320 N. Clinton St. For information, call 483-2100, ext. 263.

The Nichols Co. earned a Silver Award for producing the spring 2011 issue of the Lutheran Life Villages magazine, Better Living, and a Merit Award for creating Lutheran Life Villages’ new website in 2011 in the 29th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report.

Neace Lukens, an AssuredPartners Inc. company, announced it completed the acquisition of Matrix Benefits and Consulting Group, a Fort Wayne-based consulting firm. All employees will be retained in the Fort Wayne office.

The Lafarge North America Inc. cement plant in Paulding, Ohio, received the Chairman’s Safety Performance Award for outstanding safety record from the Portland Cement Association.

First Defiance Corp. announced a quarterly cash dividend of 5 cents per common share payable June 1 to shareholders of record on May 15.

GW Micro Inc. and Independence Science announced a collaborative effort to make science and engineering accessible to students who are blind with a text-to-speech package that acts as the missing link between technology and students called ISci Lab Solutions.

Strebig Construction recently broke ground on the corporate hangar and FBO at the Tri-State Steuben County Airport.

Felderman Design-Build won the design-build contract for a warehouse for Newell Rubbermaid in Winfield, Kan., by Insite Real Estate.

CBRE Group Inc. was ranked the No. 1 U.S.-based commercial real estate brokerage firm by National Real Estate Investor magazine.

SurgeryONE, a division of Ortho NorthEast, achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Advanced Imaging Solutions recently acquired Custom Computer Services to merge two marketplace leaders in the area of technology support and service.

Brand Innovation Group earned a Gold Award for its design work for Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (Wyo.) in the 29th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report.

3Rivers Federal Credit Union recently held a steel-signing ceremony for its new headquarters at 1615 Northland Blvd.

Ash Brokerage Corp. of Fort Wayne was recognized as an Elite Partner of The Savings Bank Life Insurance Co. of Massachusetts.

The Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association received the Silver EXCEL Award designation from The Society for Human Resources Management. The award recognizes alignment with the overall objectives of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence and promoting the HR profession at the local level.